Michiel Borstlap was in his early years a piano prodigy. He started to play the piano at the age of 4. And after years of classical training, he found his first jazz teacher, Hans Heinhuis. During his early years, he played in local bars and pubs and formed a quartet with fellow youngsters Bart Suer and Peter Bergman ao.
Borstlap worked with Alain Clark, Assala Nasri, Benjamin Herman, Bill Bruford, Billy Cobham, Carel Kraayenhof, Carole Samaha, Chris Jagger, Diggy Dex, Edsilia Rombley, Eric Vloeimans, George Duke, Gino Vannelli, Han Bennink, Hans Dulfer, Hans Teeuwen, Herbie Hancock, Holland Symfonia, Igor Butman, Janine Jansen, Jeff Tain Watts, Jesse van Ruller, Jimmy Haslip, Joris Voorn ao., JW Roy, Lavinia Meijer, Leonardo Amuedo, Leonie Meijer, Les Paul, Lori Lieberman, Ludovico Einaudi, Martin Bril, Metropole Orkest, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Nick Mason, Pat Metheny, Paul Haenen, Peter Erskine, Peter Guidi, Rasha Rizk, Ruud Breuls, Sherry Dyanne, Sibel Kose, Stefano Bollani, Till Bronner, Tony Lakatos, Toumani Diabate, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Wayne Shorter, and Werner Herbers.